I’m an Introvert – Can I Be a Good Mastermind Group Facilitator?

I get this question all the time. People figure if they’re shy, or if they need to rest after being around a group of people, that they’re not cut out to lead a mastermind group.

I’m happy to admit that I’m an introvert myself, and I’ve been creating an running mastermind groups since 1995. If I can do it, so can you.

Maybe we should first define “introvert,” eh?

Being an introvert doesn’t necessarily mean you are shy. What it means is that you draw your strength from your internal self, not other people. While extroverts gain energy by being around people, introverts expend energy by being around people (which means you need a rest break after your mastermind group meetings).

Introverts are strong. They rely on their own internal intelligence to perceive things clearly. They’re great in small groups, like a mastermind group. Even Forbes Magazine says that introverts make great leaders. The best part about being an introvert is that you keep your eyes and ears open to what’s around you, you can absorb and process a lot of input, and you don’t talk unless you have something worthwhile to say. All great traits of a mastermind group facilitator.

Sometimes introverts can appear shy. Actually, introverts prefer to not make idle chatter, which can make them seem shy. But get them talking about something they’re passionate about and you can’t shut them up. I can natter on about masterminding until someone gives up and walks away!

Check out this great article on 10 Myths About Introverts. Then go out and form your group!


Mastermind Group Facilitator Training Class begins June 3

Course Overview

This class is for people who are ready to take their mastermind group facilitation skills to a whole new level. It’s perfect for people who already have a mastermind group formed, or are starting a new one!

Learn the expert facilitator’s art of being the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.

Class starts June 3 (…but there are only 20 seats in the class, so register early!)

You Will Learn

In this 9-week teleseminar series, you will learn about:

  • Your role and responsibilities as a mastermind group facilitator
  • How group dynamics impact your group
  • Group Facilitation skills for mastermind group facilitators
  • Creating meeting agendas
  • Handling the Hot Seat
  • Creating and using a Mastermind Group Facilitator’s Journal
  • Creating a Mastermind Member Journal to use with your members
  • Using the six Mastermind Process Techniques
  • Creating trust in your group
  • Conducting your first meeting with a new group
  • Helping members make decisions and choose a course of action
  • Enforcing group guidelines
  • Handling problem members
  • Tracking group member progress
  • Creating and using Prep Forms, Mastermind Matrix and Group Feedback Form
  • Closing your meetings
  • PLUS: Get live, hands-on practice with your mastermind facilitation skills!

FOUR Great Bonuses

Bonus #1: A student guide in PDF format, chock full of advice and checklists, plus forms and worksheets for you to use as a Facilitator and to give to your members.

Bonus #2: Six streaming internet videos of a real mastermind group, so you can watch and learn from Karyn as she facilitates a mastermind group!

Bonus #3: A great way to get new members for your mastermind group! Once you register for the teleclass, you may list your mastermind group for free at The Success Alliance website, which receive 23,000 visitors annually looking for mastermind groups. You will receive an email with instructions on how to list your mastermind group once you register.

Bonus #4: You’ll get access to my private Student Website, where you’ll get more resources, and an online message forum where you can stay in touch with the other class participants during the 9 weeks of class. Access starts the day class begins.


What Students Say…

The class was excellent and filled with fantastic information. I am confident the class provided me with the foundation I need to launch my first Mastermind group.

The templates, instruction and rich conversation provided an excellent opportunity to learn and think outside of the box.

—Karen Senteio

Length of Workshop

The teleseminar series begins June 3. We meet one hour each week, for 9 weekly sessions. (Please note: there’s no class the week of July 4 for the USA holiday week.)

All class sessions are 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM eastern.

For more details, and to register:


What Students Say…

Karyn’s Mastermind Group Facilitator Training was truly superb. She has the unusual ability to present rich detail which will be invaluable to me in leading Mastermind groups, while not overwhelming us with details, and keeping the big picture clear and focused. The most effective teleseminar I have ever taken!

—Paul Severance
Center for the New Elder

Mastermind Group Academy

Why Is Accountability Important?

In your process of creating success, you’ve created a massive To Do list, right?

Accountability is one of the cornerstone principles in mastermind groups. Accountability is all about helping others to reach their goals through purposeful, sustainable action.

Wikipedia describes accountability as, “A is accountable to B when A is obliged to inform B about A’s (past or future) actions and decisions, to justify them, and to suffer punishment in the case of eventual misconduct.”

Well, I’m not so sure about the “suffer punishment” part when you talk about accountability in mastermind groups, but certainly setting up an accountability structure can help Person A get things done and Person B can help hold their feet to the fire.

In the coaching industry, we often suggest that people have an Accountability Partner, a person who agrees to:

  • Pay close attention to your overall goals
  • Keeps a list of which actions you say you will achieve (and the due date for each action)
  • Reminds you when actions are not completed or not achieved by the deadline date
  • Challenges you when the actions you take are not leading toward the goal you desire

The power of an Accountability Partner is that you do the same for them. This mini-mastermind helps to extend the power of a mastermind group between meetings, and works in tandem with setting and keeping goals within the mastermind meetings themselves.

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